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‘Nixon Tapes’ author Stanley Kutler speaks on the Constitution

In honor of Constitution Day this Wednesday (Sept. 17), Dr. Stanley Kutler, author of Abuse of Power: The New Nixon Tapes (Free Press, 1997), will be on campus to speak about "The Living Constitution." 

Kutler, a 1956 graduate of BGSU, will give his free talk at 6:30 p.m. in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. His talk is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences and the political science department.

Abuse of Power resulted from his successful lawsuit against the National Archives and Nixon to force the release of the long-suppressed tapes. He has written widely in a number of fields of American history, particularly concentrating on American constitutional history and the 20th century and is the author of a number of major books.

Kutler has been a Guggenheim Fellow and invited scholar and Fulbright Fellow in several international universities. He has appeared as a commentator on National Public Radio, as well as on NBC’s “Today,” “Nightline” and other television programs. He also has worked as a consultant on a number of film projects, most recently as the historical advisor for the Emmy-winning BBC documentary "Watergate."  He was advisor for the Showtime film "The Day Ronald Reagan Was Shot." His play, “I, Nixon,” now is under consideration for production in 2009.  

In addition to Kutler’s talk, to commemorate the historic day in 1787 when 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the U.S. Constitution, BGSU's Office of Governmental Affairs will sponsor the distribution Wednesday of free pocket Constitutions to faculty, staff and students in the lobby of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or while supplies last.

Learn about CSS Campus Community and Admissions ‘go-live’ at town hall

In preparation for the BG@100 Campus Solutions (CSS) Campus Community and Undergraduate Admissions “go-live” scheduled for Sept. 22, everyone is invited to attend a town hall meeting Thursday (Sept. 18).

The session will focus on features and impact of the upcoming move of biographical and demographical data to CSS Campus Community as well as the move to processing undergraduate applications using CSS. BG@100 project team members will be available to share information and answer questions about the “go-live.”

The meeting will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in 107 Olscamp Hall. The BGSU Firelands community can participate by teleconference, in 1004 Cedar Point Center.

Information on the BG@100 project is available at the project Web site at  Future town hall events are detailed at Questions may be directed to

Festival Series opens with jazz violinist Regina Carter

The College of Musical Arts will open the 2008-09 Festival Series with the return of jazz violinist Regina Carter in the Kobacker Concert at 8 p.m. Friday (Sept. 19) in Kobacker Hall of the Moore Musical Arts Center. Carter performed to rave reviews on the 2002 Festival Series.

Carter and her group have brought audiences to their feet with exhilarating performances worldwide. Challenging preconceptions about the instrument, she combines dazzling technical proficiency and profound compositional and improvisational gifts with a fresh, aggressive approach and a multicultural perspective. In Carter's hands, the violin reveals both its melodic side and its potential for percussive expression.

Time magazine said, “Regina Carter creates music that is wonderfully listenable, probingly intelligent and, at times, breathtakingly daring … taking the listener into the future of jazz.” The Detroit native’s influences range from R&B to East Indian as well as classical.

In December 2001, she became the first jazz musician and African-American to play the legendary Guarneri del Gesu violin formerly owned by composer Nicolo Paganini. In 2006, Carter was awarded the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, nicknamed the “genius grant,” in recognition of her exceptional creativity and the future she represents to the creative arts. 

She has performed with the Atlanta, Minnesota and Milwaukee symphonies and with multiple jazz and pop artists.

Just as prolific as her accomplishments on stage are Carter’s performances on record. She has released five solo albums and has recorded with artists such as Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and Lauryn Hill.

Tickets are $30, $25 and $18 in advance and $33, $28 and $21 the day of the performance. For more information, call the box office at 2-8171 weekdays from noon-6 p.m.

September 15, 2008